PLC | Sustainability

Health, safety and wellbeing

Health, safety and wellbeing

We do our best to help colleagues live a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle so they can be their best at work and home.

This wouldn't be possible without our partners.



Keeping healthy and safe during Covid-19

We have continued to consult the USDAW trade union on safety measures in relation to COVID -19 throughout the year. This included maintaining safety measures such as screens, face coverings, safe distancing, hygiene stations and contact tracing. For colleagues who have needed to self-isolate, we made enhanced sick pay available so that all store colleagues were fully supported during the pandemic.  Stay up to date on our Covid-19 response.




Our approach has always been to raise awareness, and inspire and motivate colleagues to look after their wellbeing. We work with a number of partners who help us shape our programme and provide expertise. We offer essential core services such as Occupational Health, Employee Assistance Programme, free mini health checks and online learning and support resources.

Physical and nutritional wellbeing

We run colleague campaigns across the Group which focus on specific areas of wellbeing and tell colleagues what's available to them to help them lead healthier lives. Some of our upcoming campaigns include Menopause, Loneliness, Gynae Health and a GroceryAid Day (UK only), which promotes the work this charity does across the whole of the grocery industry. To promote physical and nutritional wellbeing, we have launched a new health partnership across our UK market with Vitality. This programme gives colleagues rewards for being active and healthy, making long-term positive habits easier to achieve. One of our colleagues in our Customer Engagement Centre said “During these more uncertain times, Vitality has been a lifeline in helping me to keep fitter and healthier both in body and mind.”

Mental wellbeing

We are committed to reducing the stigma attached to mental health and we are helping to build a better understanding of ways to improve mental wellbeing. We support our colleagues across the Group by offering access to a range of tools, resources and learning both online through our Headspace and Mental wellbeing tools. For colleagues in the UK, face-to-face sessions can be held with our nominated Wellbeing Champions. In collaboration with six other retailers and the Samaritans, we have created a Wellbeing in Retail guide . The guide offers advice and support to retail workers, on looking after their own mental health and is a helpful resource of information, signposting to where extra help can be found.

Women’s health

We are committed to championing women’s health in the workplace, which is why we have signed up to the Everywoman Promise. We will be working with The Eve Appeal to make resources and materials available to build understanding and awareness around women’s health, including a Women’s Health Guide launched in 2019 and a Menopause Guide launched in May 2022.

For colleagues in Central Europe, we launched our Menopause programme and delivered dedicated Menopause training sessions to over 60 store managers. To support colleagues further, we have set up a private online menopause group where colleagues can access stories and articles and join monthly interactive discussions.

Health Charity Partnerships

Together with our Health Charity Partners the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK, we aim to help colleagues live healthier lives and reduce their risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, the UK’s biggest health challenges.

1. Tesco annual colleague survey (2021/22 results)